BARRE, VT--(Marketwire - Jan 26, 2012) - SBE Inc. (dba SB Electronics), announces that UQM Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: UQM) has selected the Power Ring Film Capacitor for its PowerPhase Pro® electric propulsion system. SBE Inc. has been working since 2007 with the design team at UQM to develop a capacitor solution for its PowerPhase Pro® electric propulsion system.
UQM's PowerPhase Pro® electric propulsion system delivers 100 kilowatts (134 horsepower) of peak power, 300 newton meters (221 pound feet) of peak torque and a peak system efficiency of 94%, all in a small 280 millimeter (11 inch) diameter by 252 millimeter (10 inch) long package. UQM recently began volume production of this system for the CODA Automotive's all-electric sedan.
The Power Ring Film Capacitor is a DC Link Filter Capacitor for Inverter applications in powertrain and alternative energy systems. The SBE technology offers the coolest running product under the strenuous demands of these systems allowing for a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure. SBE is already producing the product for early stage advanced systems and is ramping up capacity. As an awardee of US Department of Energy "Recovery Act - Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative," SBE has also built a state of the art capacitor manufacturing facility to expand our capacity to support the industry needs.
"We are excited to add SBE Inc. to our team of quality suppliers who are committed to collaborating with us on the development of highly efficient and reliable electric propulsion systems," said Eric R. Ridenour, President and Chief Executive Officer, UQM Technologies. "SBE's Power Ring Film Capacitor delivers the performance and quality we require in our high performance electric propulsion systems."
"We are pleased to have UQM Technologies, Inc. as a production customer and are looking forward to expanding our manufacturing capacity to meet the future volume requirements for their high performance PowerPhase propulsion system," said Ed Sawyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of SBE, Inc. "Adding UQM to our transportation design customers is an important milestone in the commercialization of our enabling technology, and we are proud to be part of the UQM team."
SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure, in demanding applications, for the automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace customers. Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop. SBE Inc. was also awarded a $9.1 million grant by the Department of Energy to build a world-class facility for the manufacturing of DC Bus Capacitors used in Drivetrain Inverters for Electric Drive Vehicles. The plant capacity will provide supply for over 100,000 electric drive vehicles by 2012. The company's headquarters are located in Barre, Vermont. For more information, visit www.sbelectronics.com.
UQM Technologies, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of power dense, high efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, aerospace, medical, military and industrial markets. A major emphasis of the Company is developing products for the alternative energy technologies sector including propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, under-the-hood power accessories and other vehicle auxiliaries and distributed power generation applications. The Company's headquarters, engineering and product development center, and motor manufacturing operation are located in Frederick, Colorado.
For more information, visit UQM website at www.uqm.com.